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Pac-12 Notes


January 19th

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Jon Wilner picks the Pac-12 … Will 2018 be the year of the Wildcat?

From the San Jose Mercury News … The Hotline was struck by Kevin Sumlin’s response to a question about the Rose Bowl at his introductory news conference.

The Wildcats are alone among the 10 continuing members in never participating in the Rose Bowl. Sumlin fielded the question with the optimism you’d expect.

Why not Arizona, he mused.

And then I started thinking: Why not Arizona in 2018?

The South is not exactly on lockdown:

Combine USC’s attrition with the roster deficiencies in Westwood, Salt Lake City, Boulder and Tempe, and the opportunity is there for the Wildcats and their new-coach energy, dynamic returning quarterback and maturing defense.

In fact, I gave serious consideration to picking Arizona to win the South but backed off for a reason (outlined below) that could prove to have limited impact.


1. Washington

2. Oregon

3. Stanford

4. Cal

5. Washington State

6. Oregon State


1. USC

2. Arizona

3. Utah


5. Colorado: The bad news: There is little evidence to suggest the Buffaloes are poised to challenge for the division. (Steven Montez hardly instills confidence after an erratic 2017.) The good news: That was also the case entering the 2016 season. The even-better news: The Buffs are in the same division as Arizona State.

6. Arizona State


January 18th

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Oregonian Pac-12 preseason ranks: CU No. 10

From the Oregonian … All the head-coaching and NFL early-entry decisions have been made, so it’s time to look at how the Pac-12 sets up heading into the 2018 football season.

A couple factors I weighed heavily in how I ranked the programs:

— Head-coaching turnover is a negative. Even if a program makes a good hire, transition years often are difficult.

— Experience at quarterback is a positive. It’s hard to win in the Pac-12 without a quarterback who has at least some experience at the major college level.

1. Washington

2. USC

3. Stanford

4. Utah

5. Oregon

6. California

7. Arizona


9. Washington State

10. Colorado. I wasn’t sure what to do with CU, the Pac-12’s most disappointing team in 2017. The Buffaloes return coach Mike MacIntyre and starting quarterback Steven Montez, but are missing offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren, now at Oregon State.

11. Arizona State

12. Oregon State

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Teams hit hardest by early NFL entries included Pac-12 teams

From CBS Sports … Every team in the country deals with roster turnover on an annual basis. Players graduate and move on, and then new players from high school come in to replace them. That’s how it has always worked. What some teams have to cope with more than their counterparts, however, are the early departures.

You know a guy is going to leave after he runs out of eligibility, but players leaving early for the NFL Draft with eligibility remaining can throw off a team’s plans. Even though coaches are smart enough to prepare for early departures — it’s not too hard to figure out which of your players will likely leave early — they can still have a major impact on your roster when combining them with all the seniors you’re already losing.

As a result, some teams are more affected more than others, and this year these are the teams hit hardest by early departures.

Stanford … The biggest early departure — literally and figuratively — is Harrison Phillips, who led the team in both sacks and tackles for loss. Simply put, he was a disruptive force on the defensive line. Other key losses are corner Quentin Meeks and safety Justin Reid. Those two leaving means Stanford will lose three-fourths of its secondary. The Cardinal also lose tight end Dalton Schultz, though I’m pretty sure Stanford has a Tight End Tree (or maybe they turn trees into tight ends given the size of them), so it can just pluck a new one.

UCLA … Chip Kelly’s first year with the Bruins will see him taking over an offense losing three key players. The biggest name is obviously Josh Rosen, who could be the first QB chosen in the NFL Draft. Aside from Rosen, the Bruins also lose Jordan Lasley, who led the team in receiving with 69 catches for 1,264 yards. Tackle Kolton Miller is also on his way out the door, meaning the Bruins will have to replace three offensive linemen.

USC … The good news for USC is that skill position talent is generally easier to replace than experienced offensive linemen. The bad news is that the three most important skill position players on USC’s offense are all leaving early. Sam Darnold is the headliner for obvious reasons, but running back Ronald Jones and wide receiver Deontay Burnett are leaving too. That means the Trojans are losing their starting quarterback, leading rusher and leading receiver to the draft early. This is not an ideal position to be in.


January 17th

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WSU quarterback Tyler Hilinksi dead of apparent suicide

From CougCenter … Tyler Hilinski, a quarterback for the Washington State Cougars who was poised to take the reigns of the program next season, died Tuesday of an apparent suicide. He was 21 years old.

A Pullman PD release said that after Hilinski didn’t show up for a team workout, police investigated and found him with a gunshot wound to the head and a suicide note nearby.

Hilinski was a four-star recruit out of Sherman Oaks, Calif., who had been Luke Falk’s backup. He appeared in eight games this season, including starting the Holiday Bowl for an injured Falk, throwing for 1,176 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions.

His crowning moment as a player at WSU was leading the Cougars back to a victory in the second game of the season, against Boise State. Coming on in the second half with WSU trailing by 21 points, Hilinski led the team to a triple-overtime victory, 47-44.

It was widely assumed that Hilinski, who would have been a redshirt junior, would be the starting quarterback next fall when the season opened on September 1 at Wyoming.

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January 16th

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Kevin Sumlin: Arizona job “the right place and the right challenge”

From ESPN … Kevin Sumlin calls the head coaching job at Arizona “the right place and the right challenge.”

He made the comment at a news conference introducing him as coach on Tuesday.

Sumlin said that when he spoke with Wildcats athletic director Dave Heeke about the job, talk inevitably turned to the Rose Bowl. Arizona is the only one of the original Pac-10 never to play in the game.

“I said, `It is going to happen,” Sumlin said. “`What time is that going to happen? Why not now and why not us?”

The 53-year-old coach, fired after compiling a 51-26 record the past six seasons at Texas A&M, confirmed that he will retain Marcel Yates as defensive coordinator. He made no other announcements about assistants but there are consistent reports that he will bring in Noel Mazzone as offensive coordinator.

Sumlin has an 86-43 record in 10 seasons as a head coach with nine bowl appearances. But he found long-term survival in the SEC difficult, losing his job after the Aggies went 7-6 last season, including losing to Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl.

Sumlin also coached four seasons at Houston, going 12-1 in his final year there in 2011. He takes over in Tucson just 13 days after Arizona fired Rich Rodriguez after a notice of claim was filed with the state attorney general’s office alleging he ran a hostile workplace.

The claim filed by Rodriguez’s former assistant alleged the coach fondled himself in front of her and forced her to cover up an extramarital affair he was having with a different woman. Rodriguez acknowledged the affair, but denied the allegations.

Heeke expects a transparent program under Sumlin.

“I think you saw that Kevin’s just an open, honest, straightforward person,” Heeke said. “We’re all in this together. It’s a partnership, it’s about the people. We look forward to a really long partnership with Kevin and a really open and inclusive environment.”

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List of (19) Pac-12 early enrollees for the 2018 NFL Draft

From 247 Sports … With college football’s regular season in the books, the nation’s top underclassmen have revealed their intentions for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Underclassmen had until Jan. 15th to declare for the draft. The official list of early entrants will be released by the NFL on Jan. 19th.

A complete list of underclassmen who have declared for the 2018 NFL Draft can be seen below (in alphabetical order), along with their respective PFF College grades for the 2017 season (on a 0-100 scale) and 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings.

From the Pac-12 … 

Deontay Burnett | WR | Jr. | USC | 87.1 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 3-star (0.8584), No. 82 WR in 2015

Sam Darnold | QB | R-Soph. | USC | 83.6 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 4-star (0.9339), No. 5 DUAL in 2015

Rasheem Green | DT | Jr. | USC | 80.1 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 5-star (0.9900), No. 5 DT in 2015

Ronald Jones II | RB | Jr. | USC | 92.4 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 4-star (0.9827), No. 4 RB in 2015

Sam Jones | OG | R-Jr. | Arizona State | 81.6 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 3-star (0.8721), No. 38 OT in 2014

Jordan Lasley | WR | R-Jr. | UCLA | 86.0 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 3-star (0.8680), No. 69 WR in 2014

Tavares Martin Jr. | WR | Jr. | Washington State | 83.6 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 3-star (0.8676), No. 64 WR in 2015

Hercules Mata’afa | DE | R-Jr. | Washington State | 87.7 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 3-star (0.8073), No. 120 OLB in 2014

Quenton Meeks | CB | Jr. | Stanford | 84.4 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 3-star (0.8831), No. 34 CB in 2015

Kolton Miller | OT | R-Jr. | UCLA | 87.5 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 3-star (0.8841), No. 31 OT in 2014

Ryan Nall | RB | R-Jr. | Oregon State | 82.3 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 3-star (0.8366), No. 78 OLB in 2014

Isaiah Oliver | CB | Jr. | Colorado | 84.9 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 3-star (0.8441), No. 90 CB in 2015

Harrison Phillips | DT | R-Jr. | Stanford | 90.3 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 3-star (0.8594), No. 30 WDE in 2014

Justin Reid | S | Jr. | Stanford | 80.4 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 3-star (0.8857), No. 21 S in 2015

Josh Rosen | QB | Jr. | UCLA | 85.8 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 5-star (0.9932), No. 1 PRO in 2015

Christian Sam | LB | R-Jr. | Arizona State | 71.7 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 3-star (0.8659), No. 42 OLB in 2014

Dalton Schultz | TE | R-Jr. | Stanford | 73.6 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 4-star (0.9530), No. 1 TE in 2014

Vita Vea | DT | R-Jr. | Washington | 93.2 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 3-star (0.8621), No. 40 DT in 2013

JoJo Wicker | DE | Jr. | Arizona State | 78.7 PFF grade
247Sports Composite: 4-star (0.9599), No. 6 SDE in 2015

Jon Wilner grades the five new Pac-12 coaches

From the San Jose Mercury News … Let’s start with a quick assessment of Arizona’s move to hire Kevin Sumlin, which makes loads of sense on numerous levels — not the least of which, it seems, is the in-state leverage it gives the Wildcats over Arizona State.

Sumlin is the coach many Sun Devil fans wanted. He’s the anti-ASU hire, and that’s never a bad thing for Arizona.

… With Sumlin on board … and assuming there will be no other Pac-12 vacancies this winter … let’s take stock of the new conference landscape.

Five of 12 schools changed coaches, the most high-stakes and disruptive personnel matter an athletic department can endure.

Please note that the judgments below are not projections of future success, of conference titles or win totals, so much as an assessment of the quality of hire on a relative basis:

Coach: Kevin Sumlin
Grade: A

Coach: Chip Kelly
Grade: A-

Oregon State
Coach: Jonathan Smith
Grade: B

Coach: Mario Cristobal
Grade: C+

Arizona State
Coach: Herm Edwards
Grade: D

Read explanations for grades here

Stanford’s Bryce Love will return for his senior season

Not bad news for CU, as the Buffs don’t have the Cardinal on the 2018 schedule

From ESPN … Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love has decided to return to Stanford for his senior season, his father, Christopher, confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday morning.

Love, a junior from Greensboro, North Carolina, didn’t make his decision until late Monday night. The deadline for underclassmen to enter April’s NFL draft was at midnight ET on Monday.

He finished second in Heisman Trophy voting this past season behind Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. He won the Doak Walker Award as the top running back in the FBS and was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 2,118 yards, second most in the FBS, despite missing one game and playing most of the 2017 season with an injured ankle.

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January 15th

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Washington star running back Myles Gaskin returning for senior season

From the Tacoma News-Tribune … He’s staying after all.

Washington’s potential run to next year’s College Football Playoff received a serious jolt Sunday when star junior tailback Myles Gaskin tweeted he was returning.

Gaskin had 222 carries for 1,380 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. He rushed for more than 120 yards in four of the Huskies’ final five regular season games. Gaskin also rushed for 11 touchdowns during that span.

A three-year starter, Gaskin has 4,055 rushing yards and 45 touchdowns. He’s now 52 yards shy of surpassing Napoleon Kaufman to become the school’s all-time leading rusher.

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UCLA picks up graduate transfer quarterback … from Washington

From CBS Sports … New UCLA coach Chip Kelly will see the talent in his quarterback room take a massive leap forward right away in 2018. Washington graduate transfer quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels told CBS Sports on Monday that he will enroll in UCLA in the spring and be immediately eligible to play the 2018 season for the Bruins.

A four-star prospect, per the 247Sports Composite, out of San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep, Carta-Samuels was given a full release by Huskies coach Chris Petersen after serving as a backup to Jake Browning for the last two seasons. Carta-Samuels was originally a member of the Class of 2014.

“UCLA is the right place because, first of all, Chip Kelly is a huge reason why,” Carta-Samuels told CBS Sports. “He’s going to be running an offense that I’d like to be a part of and add to. With that said, it’s close to home. Being from the Bay Area, it’s just a little bit south.

“Being on a quarter system, up at Washington finishing winter quarter and I can step right in in the spring quarter. So being able to partake in spring ball is a big factor.”

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January 13th

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Keith Jackson passes away

… My all-time favorite college football announcer – probably in the top three for most college football fans … 

From CBS Sports … Keith Jackson, the man whose voice was synonymous with college football for generations of fans, died Friday night at age 89, according to his family.

Jackson’s broadcast career began at Washington State in 1952 when he called a game between Washington State and Stanford, but it was just the first of many stops for the legendary voice. During his expansive career, Jackson also called the NFL, MLB, NBA, PGA Tour golf, the Olympics, boxing, racing and even some college basketball alongside Dick Vitale. He was the first play-by-play man of Monday Night Football and was the voice of some of the United States’ top Olympic moments, including calling Mark Spitz’s seven and Eric Heiden’s five gold medals..

But it was college football that Jackson was most known for calling as he spent 50 years in the booth covering games across the country. He’s credited with giving the Rose Bowl it’s “Granddaddy of Them All” nickname as well as christening Michigan Stadium with its “Big House” moniker.

Jackson was also famous for his catch phrases in the booth, none of which were more popular than “Whoa, Nellie!” He also turned the word “fumble” into an event during games, stressing the second syllable to make it sound like he was saying “fum-BULL.” Another popular phrase was “Hold the phone!” following a penalty flag during a play with Jackson holding on to the “n” in phone for a while.

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… Keith Jackson makes the call on “The Catch” … 

Jon Wilner: Pac-12 contract with Sirius/XM radio a win/win/win for conference

From the San Jose Mercury News … Three weeks ago, the conference announced the creation of the SiriusXM Pac-12 Radio channel. The news was light on details — actually, it was without details — and many specifics remain in TBD mode.

But the development is significant enough to Pac-12 fans that I’ve decided to publish what we know, even if holes remain and the project is weeks, if not months away from launch.

Above all, it’s a triple-victory: A win for the conference, a win for the schools, and a win for the fans.

As many know, those stars do not often align in the Pac-12 world.

It took the conference no time to accept the SiriusXM offer when executives broached the idea with Pac-12 officials last spring. (SiriusXM is also creating conference-branded channels for the ACC and SEC.)

“We said, ‘Absolutely,’’’ recalled deputy commissioner Jamie Zaninovich, who helped coordinate the Pac-12 side of the project. (As we’ll explain, Sirius is leading the way on numerous fronts.)

“It’s phenomenal exposure,” he continued. “It was an opportunity for us to be on a leading national provider in an interesting space. Their user base tracks well with our fans and demographics.”

That SiriusXM user base is “more than 32 million,” according to the company’s website.

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January 11th

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CBS final 1-130 rankings … CU 9th in the Pac-12 

From CBS Sports … After defeating Georgia in a thrilling 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship, Alabama finished as the unanimous No. 1 team in the final balloting of the CBS Sports 130. All season long our experts have ranked every FBS team in the country, and while the Bulldogs ended the year as the runner-up following the overtime loss, they were not a unanimous selection at No. 2.

That’s because UCF, undefeated at 13-0 out of the American Athletic Conference, received a No. 2 vote. The Knights moved up four spots from their ranking at the end of the regular season to finish inside the top five at No. 4. And while that may not be a national championship for UCF, it is nevertheless its highest ranking in any major poll.

College Football Playoff participants Oklahoma (No. 3) and Clemson (No. 5) round out the top five, followed by a trio of Big Ten teams (Ohio State, Wisconsin, Penn State), TCU and Auburn in the top ten.

The Pac-12: 

No. 11 – USC

No. 15 – Washington

No. 16 – Stanford

No. 30 – Washington State

No. 41 – Oregon

No. 46 – Utah

No. 47 – Arizona State

No. 48 – Arizona

No. 68 – Colorado

No. 69 – California

No. 70 – UCLA

No. 112 – Oregon State

… 2018 non-conference opponents … 

No. 55 – Colorado State

No. 86 – Nebraska

Colorado State lose defensive coordinator (of three days) to Oakland Raiders

Related … “Alabama assistant Derrick Ansley joining Oakland Raiders” … From 247Sports.com

From the Coloradoan … Although nothing is official yet, it appears CSU will have to find another defensive coordinator.

Three days after reportedly “agreeing in principle” to take the Colorado State University job, Derrick Ansley “reached an agreement” to become the Oakland Raiders defensive secondary coach, FootballScoop reported Thursday.

Ansley, 36, was the defensive backs coach for Alabama the past two seasons and was still working for the Crimson Tide through Monday night’s national championship game.

Earlier that day, FootballScoop reported he had agreed to become the Rams’ new defensive coordinator, and a source close to the program confirmed to the Coloradoan that Ansley would be hired.

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USC hires quarterbacks coach

Note … Usually not noteworthy, but, compare the resume of Bryan Ellis, USC’s new quarterbacks coach, to that of CU’s new quarterbacks coach, Kurt Roper (eight years as an offensive coordinator in the SEC and ACC). Imagine the complaining if CU had hired a quarterbacks coach whose resume was as thin as that of Bryan Ellis … 

From Football Scoop … USC: Offensive quality control Bryan Ellis is being promoted to quarterbacks coach sources tell FootballScoop. Ellis played quarterback at UAB under Neil Callaway (currently USC’s offensive line coach) and served as receivers coach / passing game coordinator with Tyson Helton at Western Kentucky before heading to USC before the 2017 season.


24 Responses to “Pac-12 Notes”

  1. Chuck

    I lived in the Portland area for many years, and I read The Oregonian every day.

    Anytime they mentioned the Buffs in article there was always a slight sneer in the way they said things. The Buffs didn’t quite “fit in” with west coast teams when they were asked to join the PAC-12, and in the early years when the Buffs rarely won a PAC-12 game, well, “maybe the Buffs are in over their heads”; and, of course, “they were asked to join the PAC-12 to bring in the Denver area TV market, modest as that is”.

    Remember when the Buffs beat the Ducks in the Aloha Bowl many years ago, and after the game Bellotti tried to suggest CU was just lucky, and Slick Rick famously said “scoreboard baby”.

    Never expect respect for the Buffs from the folks in Oregon.

    • ep

      Woman that runs a bar in my area is a die hard Oregon fan even though she is not from that area. When I told her I was a Buff alumnus and fan she acted like she really didnt know who they were and had a comment some what to the effect of “they stink, dont they?” At the time that was hard to argue with but when the Buffs beat em season before last, being the demur guy I am, (snicker) I simply asked “how bout that football game?” No reply at all…just a catatonic stare….very satisfyin.
      I think the Phil Knight money has a lot to do with breeding the arrogance.

  2. ep

    At first I was wondering how much research the Oregonian had done before making their predictions and whether or not the writer could touch his nose with his index finger.
    First he says “Colorado was the most disappointing team in 2017” ok so far so good….but then he acts like the missing lindgren might make it worse….huh?
    Then it dawned on me Lindgren is now lingering in Oregon. Cant PO the coaches (at least right away)…gotta have access for reporting and articles.
    Howell over at the BZ seems the think the O scheme under Chev is going to be much the same with a little “tweaking” God I hope not. Let Chev go for broke and let Montez play. At the very least I have hope we wont have the same red zone and 3rd down brain dead play calling

    • VKBerlin

      MickeyMac needs to become a HC guru. To this point he is not. This will be his 9th year of OJT.

      Go Big Mac………….make the move please……..



      Note: Does it really take that long?

  3. AZBuff

    Just a little warning to all the Buff fans. I have now been here in Tucson long enough to see the Univ. of AZ hire four coaches…….John Macovic, Mike Stoops, Rich Rodriquez, and now Kevin Sumlin. After each hiring there was the usual excitement of something new and a change for the better.

    But this time there is a total different feel to the hiring of Sumlin. He was very impressive yesterday at the news conference, and didn’t engage in a lot of Coachspeak. This guy could be the real deal that puts AZ into a position they haven’t been in very often, football wise, since some of the Dick Tomey years.

    I’m kind of nervous that the Buffs who are a similar school in size etc. are really going to have to raise their level to keep up with what could occur down here in Tucson. They plan on concentrating pretty much the same areas that the Buffs recruit and they are under a new AD and School President who want to win very much.

    • VKBerlin

      Sumlin is a great hire.


    • Kevin

      “A new AD and School President who want to win very much.” I think that’s the critical thing at CU. Don’t forget that when McCartney had CU at the top, the President was Gordon Gee… who was also very much a supporter of the football program, to the point of bending the rules a bit. I’m a huge Rick George fan, but I don’t see CU making much football noise again unless the school as a whole gets on board. I’m afraid I just don’t see that happening in Boulder.

    • ep

      Still smarting over the basketball game? Get out of the dark side. Come back to Colorado. It doesnt snow that much here anymore and VK is ripe for the plucking at a thousand dollars a hole. Show off how you have mastered the windmill.

  4. ep

    Gaskin? probably an ok decision. Now that Ross and Pettis are gone he may get more calls, more yards and head up in the draft.
    Love? is making a mistake. He is a first rounder already.
    Jackson? Never cared for him. He always played to the bigger audience or the favored team. He always got the big games and if your team wasnt Notre Dame, USC, Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama it was infuriating to listen to his non stop praise for the big boys at the expense of almost ignoring their opponents.
    Couldnt ignore the catch though

    • Old Codger

      You really nailed Jackson! Homer for the “Big Time Chollies” all the way!

      His toughest assignments? The Rose Bowl; often featuring U$C versus either of the Big 10 Monsters, UM or tOSU! Who would he knob-slobber over most??? Hayes, Schembechler or McKay?

      Still, he was One of a kind……………………..thankfully.


  5. Oregon Buff


    Video still gives me chills. I’ll never forget watching that game. Loved watching Kordell play.

    R.I.P. Keith. You were one of the great ones

    • Adam Kenny

      “Despair for the maize and blue. Joy and exultation for the Buffaloes of Colorado!”

      RIP Keith Jackson. Thank you for a lifetime of college football memories.

  6. VKBerlin

    Imagine the complaining if CU had hired a quarterbacks coach whose resume was as thin as that of Bryan Ellis

    Not a chance he would be hired by MickeyMac

    Not a buddy of Mickey and never worked with Parcells and probably can’t quote him.

    So there would no reason to complain really. Cause it wouldn’t happen

    Although I might…….nah…….wouldn’t happen………Safe.


    Note: How bout that new OC of the Chicago Bears????

    • Stuart

      Note: How bout that new OC of the Chicago Bears????
      Very glad to see that. I’m not sure how successful Helfrich would be at Arizona, but he would be able to recruit. I’m glad CU won’t have to face one of his teams every fall.

      • VKBerlin

        I hope he does really well. Update the NFL game to the Modern world.

        Da Bears………….(Even though the Pack is MY TEAM)

    • ep

      “imagine the complaining….”???
      At first I took that as sarcasm. Ellis is exactly the kind of guy I would have preferred. A fellow with RECENT remarkable success…not an unemployed stale cracker.
      No way we could have hired him anyway. Not only he is not in the Cutcliffe “coaching tree” (arent monkeys the predominate mammals in trees?) he appears to be in with the USC family.
      I never cease to be amazed at the entrenchment of the good ole boy system in footbaLL.
      its almost as bad as a white house staff.

  7. VKBerlin

    Hey Stuart.

    Next season looks a lot like this past season. Actually, it looks a lot like the past decade or so.

    It sure does now doesn’t it. Wonder why that is. Maybe the ol guys like az and ep would know. (Wouldn’t bother with old fodger……brain cell loss) And the “loany baloany” guy would be in “let me rah rah bs mode” so that is a waste as usual.

    Certainly the top few are easy.
    Great coaching
    Stability (maybe not)
    University commitment
    High ranked players
    Long term tradition
    Conference affiliation (or not)

    Hard to break into that group……….let alone hang in it.

    Not sure the Buffs Staff can get it there let alone keep it there. No power


    • ep

      Let me go a little more micro VK
      Hopefully all the players will have Roper’s back next year.
      Double down on that when I hope Roper will have Chev’s back and wont be trying any power plays there.
      Hope being all I have when my intuition says otherwise.
      It all boils down to MM and how he keeps things under control but his history of playing favorites when it comes to coaches worries me too.
      Hopefully Eliot is at this very minute studying the Scott Frost offense. I dont want to jinx him when I say I dont think CSU will put up that much of a fight this season when they have to replace their QB-WR combo.
      I see the season hinging on Eliot’s awareness and Chev’s freedom.

  8. BuffStamp80

    With three PAC-12 South teams enduring coaching transitions (and significant hits to the balance sheet) and the loss of Rosen at UCLA and Darnold at USC, the PAC-12 South race is more wide open than ever. CU has a golden opportunity to take some strides back in the right direction toward the top of the heap. Let’s hope they seize the opportunity.

    In an un-related thought, over the last 6-8 months, I have become a big fan of Jon Wilner with the Mercury News – he has a reasonably unbiased perspective, and he understands how the PAC-12 is wired. I appreciate the links to his content!

    Go Buffs!

    • ep

      It might take Kelly a couple of years, but not much longer, to get the people he needs to run his offense but USC will just plug in some more 5 stars.
      I think Mac and company have recruited enough talent to to advance past last year’s record but it will depend mostly on the new coordinators on both side of the ball including any positive or negative effect the third OC has they just hired.

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